Tending Her Heart

Tending Her Heart

by kathleen shoop

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Overview

Tending Her Heart by kathleen shoop

Sweet, Fun Romance--Set in 1971, nurse Julie Peters is ambitious and tenacious, but her plans to modernize Waterside Hospital's labor and delivery department are thwarted by old-school doctors and brown-nosing colleagues. The last thing on her mind is falling in love as she confronts her career-related demons. Still, she feels the pull of attraction to one special doctor.

Dr. Michael Young turned away from a prestigious research position at Duke University to practice medicine in a smaller, less intense setting at Waterside Hospital. While nurses chase him by the dozen, he is intrigued and satisfied with building a nest-egg for when the right woman finally happens along.

When Julie is faced with choices that put her job, her life's dream in peril her relationship with Michael begins to ignite. Can a Thanksgiving stay in the regal home called Bliss give her the space she needs to right her future and fall in love? Will their growing love mean Julie loses herself? Humor, love and a similar attitude toward medicine seal their love, but will it destroy their careers?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781502775139
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/17/2014
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. She writes historical fiction, women's fiction and romance. Shoop's novels have garnered various awards in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the San Francisco Book Festival. Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer's Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children. For more information, visit www.kshoop.com.

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Tending Her Heart 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Algene More than 1 year ago
Of all the three books, this one is my most favorite. There are just so many things inside the novel that made me feel happy, comforted and loved. What I really admire about the said book is the fact that the perspective of the two main characters, Julie Peters and Dr. Michael Young, were shown in the book. It allowed me to get a better understanding of how each of them thinks or feels for the other person. To be honest, I feel an instant connection with Julie Peters. Just like her, I'm also a career-oriented woman. I want everything to be set in order. As much as possible, professional priorities come first. However, there are times when some thing happens (and in this case of Julie Peters, it was falling in love) which makes one question: Which is the right choice? Or can you have both love and career? Well, it's for the readers to find out.
wifetoalineman02 More than 1 year ago
As a mother of two kids, giving birth to them are the best time of my life. It is very painful as I have them both through natural birth without medicine. How I wish that nurse Julie is with me during my labor. Would that be fantastic?    Tending Her Heart is a beautiful story of the book three from the Endless Love Series written by Ms. Kathleen Shoop. I love the Endless Love Series and book three is not an exemption. Nurse Julie is a very compassionate nurse that is willing to help other Moms to make them feel better especially having a baby. If only the hot doctor Michael Young is willing to help. This story is so sweet. It makes your heart beats so fast. It is hard to put this book down once you start reading it. Prepare to smile and hurt but fall deeply in-love with nurse Julie and doctor Michael? Will their heart be in a way to fight their attraction?  
BeccaW More than 1 year ago
Kathleen Shoop’s “Endless Love Series” takes me away from the world that I live in with all the best intentions possible. I could be having the worst day and I pick up one of her novels and I am immediately transported to another time and place away from my own. Now, with all that said, this third installment in the series follows Julie Peters, who is a nurse and has the biggest heart possible. She has all sorts of things that she is not approving of at the hospital where she works. A lot of the methods that are used are very humanless and the patients are not treated with the respect that they deserve. Her concerns are voiced by her to the doctors and she is threatened with insubordination. My heart reached out to her because I would have been the woman to have done the same thing if I were in her shoes. Another doctor, that is on her side although it doesn’t seem it, comes to Julie’s aid. In a sense he “rescues” her from her situations and herself. Awww, right? As a mother, all of the turmoil that the women that were giving birth in the hospital are going through really hurt me. I did not want to even think about if that would have been me as a patient giving birth to my child there. Kathleen Shoop knows exactly how to tug at you and your heart and take you away from reality into another, PERFECTLY. The first two books in the “Endless Love Series”—“Home Again” and “ Return to Love”, are a must read and then go ahead with this one. Just a word of caution: Kathleen’s books are addicting. You have been five star reviewer warned!  I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the third in a series, but I didn't read the first two. No problem! It's a great stand-alone story. Julie, the book's main character, is a labor and delivery nurse and an idealist fighting for patient rights. Her ideals make her instantly lovable, and of course, make her workplace difficult.  I gave this book 4 stars because some plot lines are predictable --- this is a romance novel, after all. But, it's a great read and I highly recommend adding it to your summer beach bag.
A_Gluten_Free_Mom More than 1 year ago
 Tending her Heart made me think. It made me think deeply about the choices a woman had to make throughout history just to have a career and a love life. True, the 1970's weren't that long ago, but society has changed so much since then that I often forget the struggles that women went through.  Julie was an independent woman who could hold her own. She had ideas, and she was a woman. How dare her? I can totally see myself doing the same thing. Standing up to what I felt was morally correct even though it could cost me everything. I loved Tending her Heart! This is one book that will stick with me for quite some time. Books that make me think about my own life are ones that will stand the test of time.  Self-reflection is something that everyone needs to do, but rarely does on their own. I'm glad that there are books that remind me to take a look at where I am in life and appreciate all that I have in this day and age!
AngelaMc1 More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. I enjoyed it a lot because it was set in 1971 when nursing was not even close to what it is now. I am going into the medical field so I found this aspect especially interesting. Julie Peters the main character sure does go through a lot to get her man. I was afraid at times that it was not going to end up how I wanted it to. I was very happy with the ending though. I did kind of feel like it was a cliff hanger and I did want to know more. I do not want to give away too much of the story so I won't say why I felt that way or what more I wanted. I will be reading more of Kathleen Shoop's books when I am able to. 
HeatherJG More than 1 year ago
This is another beautiful and touching story from author Kathleen Shoop. It's a sweet story of love and the dedication of one very special nurse! Set in a small town with small minded, set in their way, old school doctors. Nurse Julie has different ideas on how things should be done (and in my opinion she's correct) in the labor and delivery department. The old school doctor, her boss, is so set in his ways and doesn't give the patients the compassion that expecting/new/delivering mothers need. Julie wants to get these things changed but her hot headed, spitfire attitude doesn't mix well with the "old" Dr. Then we meet Dr Michael Young. He's more calm and able to approach the situation in a different fashion, but agrees with Julie in her notion that change is necessary. Follow along on this journey of change and love and find out what happens with Julie and Michael. Is a hospital romance in the cards and will it last? Will they get the changes, that are so desperately needed, implemented in the hospital? This book is also part of a 3 part series and can be read as part of that series or as a stand alone, it holds its own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Well-Told Love Story Tending Her Heart is the third novel in Kathleen Shoop’s Endless Love Series. Julie Peters is a nurse working in maternity wards. She has very strong views about how women should be treated when giving birth. Having witnessed her own mother die due to lack of medical care during a home birth, she is not afraid to speak out whenever the opportunity presents itself. Unfortunately, her motivation to change things is met with resistance by those more senior to her, particularly the insensitive Dr Mann who is irritated by what he describes as her constant whining. Julie’s determination doesn’t help her case as her job is put on the line. Sadly for Julie, her problems are not confined to the workplace. Firstly, there is the situation with her flat-mate and rival Nurse Bradshaw which escalates to the point that Julie finds herself homeless. Secondly, her attraction to the dashing Dr Young, who she thought shared and supported her views about the treatment of women in labour, only serves to get her into more trouble. Nurse Bradshaw uses this to full advantage to hammer the final nail in the coffin of Julie’s career, even though she has a skeleton in her own cupboard. For someone whose sole desire is to make women’s lives better Julie seems to have gotten a raw deal. I found myself cheering her on, willing her to win as she tried to fight for the disadvantaged and a place in Dr Young's heart. This is a well-told love story with a happy ending.
TracyHelpsYou More than 1 year ago
Tending Her Heart is sweet, small town romance set during the Vietnam Conflict / War. Historically, it was a time of change … from Civil Rights to Women’s Rights. Our country saw many changes … but not in the Labor & Delivery Ward of Waterside Hospital, where Julie Peters worked as a nurse. Attractive, eligible bachelor, Dr. Michael Young could have any nurse on staff, but he is attracted to Julie’s spunky personality, the way she passionately sticks up for the mothers giving birth in her ward. At a nearby café, they have many deep discussions about the hospital’s procedures and protocols in the Maternity Ward. Through their long talks, they discover they agree on many points – but not on how to introduce these changes. He is calm and methodical ~ she is a hot-headed spitfire. They both feel their attraction and enjoy these flirtatious talks, even though they both know that workplace relationships rarely work out. Dr. Mann is their “set in his ways” boss who doesn’t like Julie’s radical, new fangled ideas to improve the birthing process for the mothers. He won’t tolerate anyone questioning his techniques – not his doctors on staff … and certainly not from the nurses. Sharing a Thanksgiving meal at a friend’s home, they realize that they can no longer deny their feelings for each other. Can they make it work? Can they each have successful careers working together? Can they actually “buck the system”? Psst … Kathleen Shoop, I, for one, would love to read more about this couple (hint, hint) … just sayin’ 
TeresaKander More than 1 year ago
This was a great Thanksgiving romance! Julie's character really struck a chord in me for some reason; perhaps because she is so passionate about a cause that she believes in. She is a strong willed, independent, determined woman, and she won't back down even if it means she can't have the man she loves.  The story is told from both perspectives (Julie and Michael), so we get a fairly balanced look at every situation rather than just seeing it through one character's eyes.  I've not read the previous two books in this series, but now that I've read this one, I may just have to go back to the beginning of it all.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Tending Her Heart offers romance and history in a sweet and easy way.    The characters are very likable and I felt like I was part of their lives.   Julie is before her time.   She cares about her patients and does not like the way they are being treated.    While stating her feelings she is put in her place for being below the doctors, who believe they are doing things exactly how they should be done. Julie often finds herself in trouble and defending herself to others she works with.  I love her  project.   I would love to know more about how that part of her life turns out and if it makes a difference to those she works under.     Michael is a character that I sometimes liked and sometimes I disliked.  I wanted him to stand up for Julie and her feelings but understood why he could not.    He was a great supporter of her when he felt it would not put his job in jeopardy and that bothered me, a lot.     This is a fun short story.  I love the setting of Bliss and all the memories and traditions that go with that great house.    I will recommend this story to anyone looking for a light and easy seasonal story.   
52chickadees More than 1 year ago
“An Important Lesson: Listen and Follow your Heart” Within this third book of Ms. Shoop’s “Endless Love Series”, we are re-introduced to outspoken, heart of gold, spitfire, Nurse Julie Peters. Julie does not approve of Waterside Hospital’s antiquated labor and often times barbaric,(while not treating the maternity patient as a human being with thoughts and feelings but as a mechanical assembly line ready to bring a nameless soul into the world) delivery protocols. She broaches her concerns to curmudgeon/obstetrician Dr. Mann, who blows his top and threatens insubordination charges. Tall, dark and handsome Dr. Michael Young, Julie’s friend and confidante had walked away from a research position at Duke University to practice in the sleepy town of Harrington, North Carolina. He believes in the changes that Julie would like to see, but doesn’t want to raise his boss’s ire, all the while coping with his own demons and disappointments. He tries to quell the shouting match between Julie and Dr. Mann, only to be mistakenly taken as condescending to Julie. Distraught, angry and nauseous, she flees from the hospital in a torrential downpour, only to find herself in pain and in a much more dangerous situation with Michael as her rescuer. Had she misunderstood? Are there more feelings between them than even they are aware? While trying to give her patients the best care no matter if they are on the poor/public floor or the wealthy/private floor, she works through her own sad memories of her Mother’s dilemma, and copes with uncertainty, as well as, perhaps, unrequited feelings of love. Despite her well-meaning, intelligence, and dedication to her craft and her patients, will Julie push too far and place her career and those of others in danger of termination? Will April Abercrombie make Michael see how important Julie’s work is to so many? And, will April see more through the lens of her camera than others see with the naked eye? Author Shoop pulls you right into Waterside Hospital and makes your heart ache for the expectant Mothers and fills you with disgust by the out-dated notions promoted by Waterside’s obsolete-thinking physicians. If you have not read the first two books in the “Endless Love Series”—“Home Again” and “ Return to Love”, I implore you to do so. You will be able to follow April Abercrombie’s journey and understand her association with Nurse Julie Peters more fully. I must give you a warning, as with all of her books, you won’t want to lay the book down and you’ll be wishing for more when you reach the last page! Make room on your shelf for these prize-winning novels—you won’t regret it! Nancy Narma
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To begin I haven't read the previous books in the series, none the less I feel the book stands alone, I didn't feel as though I missed part of the story line. I found myself drawn to the main female character, Julie because the woman had spunk. She is outspoken and bucks the system. Anyone that knows me knows I have trouble holding my tongue and rules… lets just say I’m not a fan of an abundance of rules. Julie comes from a rural background and struggled becoming a nurse to help right the wrong she feels happened many years ago upon her mothers death. Julie’s nursing skills and mindset seem to be a step ahead of the hospital shes presently working in, and that stirs up a lot of problems with the hospitals head physician. Julie and Dr Young are thrown together at work and soon feeling start to develop and then sparks start to fly, literally when an oak tree receives a lighting strike. “Was it possible for love to strike like lightning? True love? At first he’d thought it was simple lust. That, he believed could crash down like a two-hundred year-old oak tree, causing people to lose all sense of, well, of everything. but love? He was starting starting to think its slow ripening had given way to a clap of thunderous love, captured every bit of his being in its clutches and now, he could not get the word love from coming to mind when he thought of Julie.” I received a copy of the book Tending her Heart for review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all opinions below are 100% my own.
AGill More than 1 year ago
A lot of romance can be found behind the scenes in the workplace, so learning of the connection between Nurse Julie and Doctor Michael was no surprise.  However, the struggles that Julie goes through pulls Michael along, so you have no idea if they'll be able to make it!   While Julie is dealing with the likes of nasty fellow employees and even worse bosses, she is working hard to get women proper treatment while giving birth.  I absolutely love that she is fighting so hard for what she believes in, especially since the way women are treated in this book drove me crazy!! This book will get you riled up, and then make your heart whole again!  I loved it.
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
I first read Tending Her Heart in Holiday Bliss, but I enjoyed it (and needed a refresher) so read it again. I can totally relate to Julie. Her passion and drive to do right by the patients is something that I would find myself doing. And those outbursts with the head doctor? Yep. Sounds just like me. Michael is definitely a winner, but he wouldn’t get far with me. I think Julie gave him way too much slack for not standing up for her in front of the senior doctor on staff. There is nothing I despise more than a man who won’t stand up for the woman he “loves”. I was so glad to see April again and really enjoyed this entire read. It is shorter read so it doesn’t take long – it’s the perfect length and perfect amount of romance to leave you satisfied.
MrsC919 More than 1 year ago
There are so many themes in Tending Her Heart that I love. Empowering women to birth the way they want, giving dignity to birthing women, treating women equally, love conquering all, trusting the one you love, even when it's hard, and standing up for your convictions regardless of the consequences. However, it also puts casual sex on a bit of a pedestal and makes it seem as though the way to a woman's empowerment is through sex. That's a hard pill for me to swallow as it goes against my personal beliefs. I often ignore casual sex in books and chalk it up to our culture and the times. But in this particular case it was talked about so frequently and in a way that I felt elevated it and demeaned those that choose to wait. I really hope that it was written that way because of the time period and the movements that were going on during that time period. Overall, I enjoyed the love story and watching them overcome their misunderstandings. It was just the way casual sex versus waiting was approached that bothered me. Overlooking that, and maybe even relating it simply to the time period the book is based in, I really enjoyed it.
dewer421 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, even though I wished it was a full length story! Julie is a nurse with spunk who stands up for her patients, in a time when doctors would rather sedate a laboring mother than deal with her. For most of her coworkers nursing is a job (instead of a career) that helps them marry doctors, after which they quit and settle into motherhood. But Julie sees ways that women can be more comfortable during labor, more aware of their surroundings, and happier overall. Of course, the powers that be are not happy with her, and even though her friend and coworker Dr. Michael Young agrees with her, he's hesitant to stand up for her and her job is soon in jeopardy. Can they make it past their situation to a happily ever after? Should they? I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
AMadisonMom More than 1 year ago
1971 – A story with a serious subject. This story branches off of Kathleen Shoop’s previous novel, Return to Love. In Return to Love, April and Hale have suffered the loss of a baby at birth. In this story… we meet Julie and Michael, who are a nurse and doctor at the hospital where April delivered. Reading about April’s story of dealing with still birth was a difficult read for me. Reading Tending her Heart was a different story. It was amazing to me to read about maternity wards and birth stories in 1971. What a different world it was! Julie’s strength and courage to speak out about the practices was impressive. While I LOVED the progression of the attraction and relationship between Julie and Michael… and I loved April’s return in helping Julie (in multiple ways)… the true story here for me, was in nurse fighting for improved patient care practices. (But I wouldn’t leave out the scenes between Julie and Michael for anything!!!)
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
I felt like I waited forever for this book by Kathleen Shoop. I actually read it as part of Holiday Bliss, a three book anthology by 3 wonderful authors. Tending Her Heart is the continuation of The Endless Love series. Home Again Return to Love She is also the author of The Fog and The Last Letter which are possibly 2 of the best books I have ever read!! Tending Her Heart can be read as a stand alone but it did help that I read the previous books in this series of novellas first! Julie Peters is a nurse on a mission. She is bound and determined to modernize protocols about hospital births and how woman are treated at the hospital where she works. The protocols in place are nothing if not barbaric! Of course there is a young doctor who really does agree, but is initially afraid to buck the system, and there is "immediate chemistry"--but Julie is stubborn. Thanksgiving is fast approaching--Julie finds herself homeless until April (the current resident of Bliss-that historic old house) invites her to stay at Bliss. April's husband is still overseas. Julie had helped April to recover in the last book. Michael. that young doctor, who really has fallen head over heels for Julie, is invited for Thanksgiving dinner. Has he found the perfect solution for Julie? Will they get together? Will she even give him a chance? Read the book--read the series--read anything and everything Kathleen Shoop writes. You will not be disappointed! And now I have to wait for the next book--what will it be I wonder?
Aiesa1 More than 1 year ago
Take a walk back in time to the 1970s and a nurse with a mission to bring about change. Nurse Julie works in a hospital where time-honored traditions do not necessarily keep up with the times, nor the patient's wishes. She truly cares about the patients and when their needs interfere with stale procedures, she has to speak-up. This puts her on the naughty list with the head of the hospital. This attitude could ruin her career and then there is the handsome Dr. Young who has captured her heart. Michael chose to work in a smaller hospital instead of taking advantage of the awesome opportunities he could have. I think this is fantastic and I aslo love the interaction between him and Julie. They both have similar goals to change the outdated issues at the hospital, but this may cause both of them to make drastic choices.
WordsofaSAHM More than 1 year ago
This is book 3 in the Endless Love series and I have read both of the previous 2 books! Every book that I have had the opportunity to read by Kathleen Shoop has been a great read, and this book was no exception! In this book, you will find a little bit of Romance, a little bit of History, and a little bit of Suspense! I love that this book is told from both Julie and Michael’s perspectives – which is great because we get to see what each of them are feeling and how they find their way to each other! They both have a few obstacles to overcome to get together – and just when you think you know what is going to happen —– BAM!!! Something happens to throw you off what you were thinking!
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
This is a great story about a strong woman that has strong feelings and is not afraid to fight for what she believes in. Some of the people that she works with do not agree with her though, and the fact that does not give up makes her more likable. I really liked that there were recurring characters because I have read this whole series. Each book brings more of these characters and I can not wait to get the latest installment. This story takes place on the labor floor of the hospital. I liked that the author mentioned the right of the mom to choose her birthing method. This book made me think about how different hospitals must have been for my mom when she had me 30 plus years ago. This book has romance, women's rights and so much more. I am giving this book a 4/5. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
Nurse Julie Peters is tired of the antiquated procedures on the labor floor of the hospital where she works. Not being one to hold her tongue, she becomes a thorn in the side of Dr. Mann, the lead doctor, who is very set in his ways. Her only ray of hope is the handsome Dr. Young, who seems to share her opinions. But with her stubbornness, will he be enough to save her from herself? I like how the love story simmered through most of the book, and the sizzled afterward. I felt robbed though when Trish didn’t get her comeuppance. I mean, come on, she was beyond irritating.  It felt good reading about April again, a year after her tragedy. I liked that she was so bubbly and no longer a dark character.
hpgirl2008 More than 1 year ago
Kathleen Shoop has not let her readers down with this short story - full of action and passion and once again in a hospital setting. Will Julie succeed in her quest and find love too with the mysterious Michael Young? I love the way the story is told from both Michael and Julie's perspectives - so we get to see what they each are feeling and how they find their way to each other. So many obstacles to overcome like Trish and Jason to find each other - it's a great read all the way to the end! Just when you think you know exactly what is happening BAM! something happens to completely throw you off keel again and wondering what will happen next :) I received a complimentary ebook for the review :)
Ginas-Library More than 1 year ago
This is book 3 in the Endless Love Series and I’ve read all 3. This book could also be read as a stand alone if you chose. That’s the sign of a great author. We first were introduced to Nurse Julie in the 2nd book. I loved learning more about her and her mission to help laboring mothers. In this day and age we take for granted that women can deliver their children in the manner that they chose that is right for them. It’s about the patients wants/needs. I remember writing up a birthing plan for how I wanted my labor to go with my daughter and that was 19 years ago! Although this book is a work of fiction, we need nurses like Julie to feel compassion for their patients and do what is in their best interests, not what is easiest for the hospital. There is also a beautiful love story that you can see happening in real life. Michael is a doctor and sees Julie and her visions as a positive thing. He falls for her and wants nothing but the best for her. I would love to read more about them. Kathleen has a way with her novels. You feel like you are right there in the pages, part of the story. I always read her books so quickly because I just get so sucked into them. I love everything she’s written.